The birds sense winter coming this morning.
Sparrows flutter, fight and search the eaves
for hiding places from the next season.
Blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, all anxiously feeding,
reminding me of things still left undone.
the falconer tries to train the goshawk.
This fierce raptor’s pale-eyed view of death
is graceful control and surrender. This duality
of taming the fierce and feral parts
of the bird, ourselves and the world.
Inspired by reading H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald – a book about much more than training a goshawk.
You’re so much a New World bird!
Humming at audible high frequencies, your wings
allow you to hover, even fly backwards.
The highest metabolism of any homeothermic animal.
What Aztec warrior returned to my garden?
Aztecs wore hummingbird talismans, sometimes made from parts of real hummingbirds, as emblems of energy and sexual power. Their sharp beaks were seen as instruments of weaponry, bloodletting, penetration, and intimacy. The Aztec god of war Huitzilopochtli is often depicted as a hummingbird. I find it odd, considering their delicacy, that it was believed that fallen warriors would return to earth as hummingbirds or butterflies.